Do your pay slips evoke negative emotions every time you review them? Do you think that you’re worth much more than what you’re getting? If you answer both questions with a resounding yes, then you may want to either start learning to be content with what you’re getting or find a way to get a raise, as a recent feature on The Huffington Post notes that women, as well as younger adults from ages 25 to 44 who receive low hourly wages, seem to be more prone to hypertension.

Researchers from the University of California, Davis based their findings from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, which included information on employment, salaries, and health of 5,651 American households. The researchers gathered information from a sample of non-hypertensive volunteers aged 25 to 65, taken from the years 1999 to 2001, 2001 to 2003, and 2003 to 2005.

The results showed that the lower one’s hourly wage was, the higher the chances of developing hypertension.

Interestingly, when basic hourly salary was doubled, the risk went down by 16 percent. This was more prevalent in younger volunteers whose risk fell 25 to 30 percent, as well as in women, with a 30 to 35 percent drop.

More research is needed to prove causality, as well as to why such a connection seems to exist, but the link between high blood pressure and wages may help people be more conscious about monetary anxieties. If you’re looking for a bit of a breather, check out our other articles on how to avoid being too worked up:


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